Dominic Cummings and Mark Sedwill, When Matter meets antimatter, Process versus Pragmatism. Breaking up Sedwills hegemony? will it happen, can it happen?#TwoFingers2Brino #4Pamphleteers @GrubStreetJorno @wiki_ballot @financialeyes #IABATO #SAM #GE2019 Roger Lewis ( Porthos) @JoeBlob20

Heres Dominic Cummings giving evidence to the Treasury Committee on Exiting the EU.

Heres Cummings in full flow against the Process governance of Whitehall

Cummings often quotes the work of Tetlock, regarding the abysmal record of Experts and their predictions. Cummings is a natural opponent of the old Aphorism/Comfort Blanket of the Bureaucrat
” You Never get sacked for buying IBM ”

It remains to be seen how the Dynamic between Sedwill and Cummings develops. Sedwill is the most powerful man in the Permanent Bueracratic machinery of State Process Government and is a Creature of the Surveillance Capitalist and Security State.
Cummings declared intentions and Sedwills very Existence seem on their face to be Matter and Anti-Matter, what prophylactic membrane has prevented MAD to break out between these two opposites tells us two things, Perhaps the surface appearance is mere camouflage, or secondly the reaction of the two opposites is not instantaneous.
“There are deep problems with the global financial architecture, from China’s shadow banking system to the recurrent flash crashes driven by high frequency algorithmic trading. There are deep problems with the euro financial architecture. Since 2008 global debt has increased enormously. There has been a huge distortion of debt markets with investors holding massive quantities of government bonds that offer very little future reward and great future risk. CDO’s, CDS’s, all sorts of synthetic credit derivatives that contributed to the 2008 crisis are back and being sold to idiots who don’t understand them by some of the same people who used such complicated scams to cheat the figures for Greece’s euro entry. Bureaucrats keep bailing out financiers. The public quite rightly rages that ‘us idiots on PAYE are bailing all these crooks out’. Politicians largely ignore them. In Britain, Cameron even defended the indefensible non-dom rules and has done nothing about the grotesque abuse of executive pay by hired managers paying themselves as if they are successful entrepreneurs, with institutional shareholders happily pushing the merry-go-round and getting their kickbacks. Everywhere one looks one sees insiders ripping off the public and politicians either colluding or helpless spectators.”

From 1999 to 2002, Cummings was campaign director at Business for Sterling, the campaign against the UK joining the Euro

Cummings wrote an essay titled “Some thoughts on education and political priorities”,[16] about transforming Britain into a “meritocratic technopolis”;[10] the essay was described by Guardian journalist Patrick Wintour as “either mad, bad or brilliant – and probably a bit of all three”.

In 2014, Prime Minister David Cameron described Cummings as a “career psychopath”,[19] although the two had never met

(That’s high praise coming from Cameron who is wrong about just about everything.)
He is reportedly an admirer of Otto von Bismarck, Richard Feynman, Sun Tzu,[41] and U.S. fighter pilot and military strategist John Boyd.[47] Journalist Owen Bennett claimed that Cummings “is a Russophile, speaks Russian, and is passionately interested in Dostoyevsky”[1] while Patrick Wintour in The Guardian reported that “Anna Karenina, maths and Bismarck are his three obsessions.”[18]

I do not think Dominic Cummings would have much trouble understanding EROI or ECOE, He might though prefer the more abstract financial approaches to Government storytelling which are social control mechanisms prioritised over Systems control efficiency.

Make no mistake Cummings is a Bright Spark as well as a class operator, That Sedwill has not managed as yet to cull him begs the questions posed above?


Dr Tim, thank you for your excellent work, I have enjoyed reading your blog over the past couple of years and having been immersed in studies of energy, environment, economics and politics for the past 15 years or so, I have to say your posts really get to the heart of the issues we face in a clear and understandable way. I often forward links to friends and family in the hope that your work will reach a wider audience.
Following the recent general election here in the UK, I’ve taken the time to find out more about Boris Johnson’s senior special advisor, Dominic Cummings, as he is now firmly ensconced in No10 and pulling a lot of the strings it seems. His blog ( is not what I was expecting at all, and paints a picture of someone desperately trying to drag the machinery of government, and its associated decision-making processes, into the 21st century (he makes the observation that arranging colour photocopying is a major technical challenge within Whitehall….) in order to tackle the significant challenges ahead. I won’t attempt to repeat his writings here (post #33 is worth reading in relation to how poorly governments make data-based decisions), but one observation is a discussion of the energy challenge we face, particularly in relation to declining EROEI, is conspicuous by its absence. Clearly someone of his current position and influence should be made aware of the concept of EROEI and its relation to economics and prosperity.
His most recent post is a call to anyone with deep expertise in a given specialisation to get in contact directly and work with government in a radically new way, and it struck me that this could be a rare opportunity for you to get the right information in front of the right people at a time of great change within our government.
For the record, I have no particular political leaning or connection with Mr Cummings or anyone within government, as an engineer I’m just interested in finding solutions to (usually technical) problems.
Keep up the good work

  • We can but try, I for one will take up the challenge. I’ve spent six years trying to get those in power to understand the idiocy of fiat currency – central banking systems – but:
    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” – Upton Sinclair

  • I wish you all the very best with that, Peter.

    If I could persuade Mr Cummings about three things, it would be these. (In doing so, I’m noting that not even he can change things like the fiat currency system – like all of us, all he can do is cope with it, for as long as it lasts).

    1. Understand the energy basis of the economy, and the dysfunctional nature of a financial system predicated on false assumptions.

    2. Recognize the reality of degrowth – not as a cause for pessimism, but as a challenge for new thinking.

    3. In policy terms, understand that, whilst government may not be able to make the average person wealthier, it can and should make him or her ‘happier’.

    To elaborate a bit on 3, I’d advocate tackling controllable stresses or, colloquially, ‘worries’. People with insecure housing tenure, insecure jobs, worries over money and debt, and discontent over harassment, can be helped. Government can legislate over things like tenant security, proper treatment of employees and customers, and the provision of debt that people cannot realistically afford. It can take away the ‘incentives to bullying’ which exist wherever public employees get a bonus for penalising people.

    Part of the solution lies in the redrawing the boundary between private and public sectors. But another part requires a change of ethics. To paraphrase, ‘greed isn’t good’, and ‘the means’ requires more validation than ‘the end’ alone.


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